V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: a desire to harm or inflict injury on others

Synonyms: malevolence, malignity, spite, evil, ill will

Antonyms: benevolence, kindness

Tips: Malice comes from the Latin word malus, "bad." The adjective malicious describes something that is intended to harm or upset people. Many "bad" words are derived from the Latin word malus, including malignant, malcontent, malicious, and malevolent. The prefix mal- almost always refers to something bad.

Usage Examples:

There was a girl named Alice, who enjoyed doing malice and inflicted pain on everyone she knew. (evil, ill will)

We've had our disagreements in the past, but I bear him no malice; I wish him all the best. (ill will, spite)

His malicious actions hurt too many people to count. (evil, hurtful) adjective

I'm so sorry my comments got you fired; I really didn't intend any malice. (ill will, malevolence)

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